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MLS Weekend Review

A look at the weekend’s action in Major League Soccer where MLS Cup winners Columbus Crew failed to win again and the L.A. Galaxy finally ended an 8 games winless streak.

DC United 2, FC Dallas 1

Jaime Moreno scored his first two goals of the season 10 minutes apart in the second half to lift D.C. United to a 2-1 win over FC Dallas on Saturday night. Despite outplaying Dallas (2-4-1) for much of the game—including an 11-3 edge in shots on goal—United (3-1-3) trailed 1-0 at halftime thanks to Andre Rocha’s goal in the 28th minute.

But Moreno, who missed his club’s 3-2 comeback win over New York on Sunday with a strained Achilles’ tendon, scored twice from 15 yards to help D.C. win consecutive games for the first time this season.

Columbus Crew 1, Toronto FC 1

Chad Barrett scored in the 64th minute Saturday to give Toronto FC a 1-1 tie with Columbus that kept the MLS champion Crew winless. Toronto (3-2-3) extended its unbeaten streak to three games despite some defensive lapses.

The Crew (0-2-5), who lost highly respected coach Sigi Schmid to the Seattle Sounders in the offseason, are off to the worst start in Columbus’ 14-year history and the worst for a defending champion.

Galaxy 1, Red Bulls 0

Landon Donovan converted a penalty in the 39th minute as the Galaxy (1-1-4) broke an eight-game winless streak that began in October and included U.S. Open Cup games. The Red Bulls (1-5-2) haven’t won away from home in 17 league games, two shy of the league record. May 10, 2008 was their last road win.

Chivas USA 1, San Jose Earthquakes 0

Justin Braun’s first goal of the season was all the help Zach Thornton needed for his fifth straight shutout. Thornton made six saves for his league-leading fifth shutout for Chivas (6-1-1), which took a six-point lead in the Western Conference. With Thornton in net for all eight matches, Chivas has conceded only three goals.

San Jose (1-4-2) dominated play early on, but that control seeped away as Chivas handed the Earthquakes their fifth consecutive MLS loss.

Seattle Sounders 1, Chicago Fire 1

The Seattle Sounders overcame the sending-off of Fredy Montero to tie it and hang on for the final 20 minutes. Montero, who has a team-high three goals, got a red card in the 48th minute for elbowing Fire defender Gonzalo Segares in the head as both players leaped for the ball.

In the 68th minute, Chicago (2-0-5) took a 1-0 lead on Marco Pappa’s third goal of the season. The goal was also the first given up by Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller, whose season-opening shutout streak lasted 457 minutes. The former U.S. national team star is 4-0-1 with four shutouts.

Six minutes later, Seattle equalized when Marshall was left unmarked at the back post on Freddie Ljungberg’s corner for his first goal since 2007.

Colorado Rapids 2, Real Salt Lake 0

Nick LaBrocca scored his first goal in nearly a year and Kosuke Kimura added his first of the season. Colin Clark assisted on both goals for the Rapids (3-2-2), who ended a three-match winless streak during which they scored two goals. LaBrocca broke a scoreless tie in the 11th minute with his first goal since June 28, 2008, at Columbus. Kimura found the back of the net in the 60th minute.

Real Salt Lake (3-3-0) has yet to score in three road games, but has 12 in three games at home.

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